Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Travel the World - Week 46


This is the 46th week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.


This week's country is...



Tonga



Tonga is an island country located in the southern Pacific Ocean.
The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Tonga.
Its closest neighbors are Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.
Tonga consists of 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited.
The coastline of the islands total 260 miles in length.

Tonga has many white and golden sandy beaches and magnificent swimming, diving, and snorkeling locations.

The climate is tropical with a distinct warm period (December–April), during which the temperatures rise above 89.6 °F, and a cooler period (May–November), with temperatures rarely rising above 80.6 °F.

The first question out of everyone’s mouth in Tonga is ‘alu ki fe? Where are you going? It’s another way of saying hello.

The birth of a child is among the most important events, but the official social introduction of a child to the community is celebrated only at the end of a child’s first year. 

The Mapu a Vaea or “Whistle of the Noble” are natural blowholes on the island of Tongatapu in the village of Houma in the Kingdom of Tonga. When waves crash into the reef, natural channels in the volcanic rock allow water to forcefully blow through and create a plume-like effect.

Migrating humpback whales bear their young and breed in Tongan waters from June to November. Flying foxes and small bats are the only land mammals native to Tonga.

Sailing is a popular activity in Tonga.

Christian churches exist in even the most remote villages. Bells or log drums call people for services at the crack of dawn.

The coconut palm is the common plant in Tonga. The leaves are used to make houses and the nuts are used for food and drink.

Some of the chief cash crops of Tonga include bananas, coconuts, vanilla beans, coffee beans and root crops.

A brother and a sister can never be in the same room alone in Tonga as it implies incest.

It's against the law in Tonga to go swimming on Sundays and all stores are closed for the Sabbath. You can get arrested for swimming or doing laundry on Sunday.

Just talking with a girl or being alone with her implies that you’re together.

Tongans won’t walk in the bush at night because they’re afraid of the devil (ghosts).

Any illness that cannot be explained is attributed to the devil. Sometimes when someone gets sick they think it’s because their dead relatives are upset so they go dig them up and clean their bones.

Tongans bathe regularly, but their favorite way to bathe is in the rain.

People shake hands when they meet, and relatives kiss by pressing each other’s noses against their faces and soundly inhaling through the nose.

Tongans enjoy beating things. Husbands beat their wives, parents beat their children, teachers beat the students, and everyone beats the animals. This is no lie, dogs are so used to getting beaten here that they are quite vicious and try to attack strangers. But, all you have to do is bend down like you’re picking up a rock and they run.

I decided to let this Tonga fact be the inspiration for this week's card... Tongans enjoy a relatively high level of education, with a 98.9% literacy rate, and higher education up to and including medical and graduate degrees (pursued mostly overseas).





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Stamp Set: MFT Bedside Manner stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Marina Mist CS and DP from my scrap file

Punch: SU Wide Oval

Embellishment: Eyelet Outlet Nurse (Stethoscope) Brad

Monday, November 18, 2019

Falliday Continues


If you were here a few days ago, you saw that I've been (slowly) working on the Falliday Challenges at SCS. I have completed three more of them, which you'll see in this blog post.


Challenge # 8 
Traditions
Hostess: Polly
Time spent making the card - 45 minutes


A tradition in our family is to put up MANY different Christmas trees. Some are themed trees (for instance one with only International ornaments, one with ornaments made in 1983, one with ornaments we collected on family vacations). Others do not have any particular theme.

I used tiny rhinestones for the look of lights on the tree on my card - my favorite lights are the clear/white ones.




Challenge #9
Tone on Tone Stamping
Hostess: Ann
Time spent making the card - 30 minutes



I used SU Real Red CS and Ink (tone on tone) but the stamped image doesn't look red. 




Challenge #13
Happy New Year
Hostess: Jean
Time spent making the card - 35 minutes




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Stamp Set: CC Designs It's a Roberto's Christmas stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Lemon Lime Twist CS and American Crafts Wood DP

Embellishments: Recollections Rhinestones


Stamp Sets: Flourishes Poinsettia and Pine and Fun Stampers Journey Christmas Sprig stamped with SU Real Red Ink

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Emerald Envy and Real Red CS

Punches: SU Ovals

Embellishment: Michael's Ribbon


Stamp Set: Darcie's {Framed Snowman} stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White CS

Die: Sizzix Square

Embellishments: Gina Marie Designs Glitter Enamel Dots

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Happy Birthday 2U!


I hope you've also been stopping by the SumMore Fun online store where you'll find LOTS of mark downs. In fact, some prices are so low it's almost like getting the stamps for free.

Take Talking in Circles, for instance. (It's the stamp set I used on today's card.) The clearance price right now is a mere $1.99. WOW! That is an unbelievable price!


And just look at the possibilities - birthday, thinking of you, new baby, thank you, congrats, plus more. I decided to make a birthday card using it, because we all need birthday cards from time to time, right?


I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then for a pop of color I added two yellow enamel dots. 


Here's the inside of my card:




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Stamp Set: Raisin Boat Talking in Circles stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Dies: Spellbinders Circle and Technique Tuesday Bow on the Border

Punch: SU Circle

Papers: Recollections Black and White and SU Summer Sun CS and AMuse Studio Polka Dot and MFT Black and White Stripe DP

Embellishments: Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Welcome to the Claus' Igloo


You might not know this, but Santa and Mrs. Claus live in an igloo... or maybe, just maybe, the igloo is their second (vacation) home. In any case, it looks like Santa is welcoming us to his home.




Eyelet Outlet Products used:



I added some of the Washi Tape 
to the inside of my card, too.



This card also fits the theme for Anita's All Trees Are Beautiful Falliday Challenge which simply said to use trees on your card. It took me 55 minutes to make this card.


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Eyelet Outlet ProductsMerry Christmas Washi TapeMoose BradSanta and Mrs. Claus Brads, and Snowflake Brad

Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Have an Ice Day stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Real Red CS and DP from my scrap file

Friday, November 15, 2019

Dueling Owls


This is the day for the Dueling Darlings to post their cards... two teams, one theme. Beth (Dazzlers) and Heather (Divas) were the hostesses, which meant they chose the theme and then sent kits to their respective team members. 

They chose Owls for their theme, because according to Beth, she's "crazy for owls."

I'm a Dazzler so I received a FABULOUS kit from Beth.

Image, Hero Arts
Sequins, Craft Medley
Brads, Creative Impressions
Eyelets, We R Memory Keepers
Self Adhesive Enamel Dots, Doodlebug
Yellow and Pink Ribbon, unknown
Buttons, Favourite Findings
Silver Twine, Celebrate It
Pink/Orange Twine, Recollecitons
One-sided paper, DCWV, The Spring Stack II
Plaid, Doodlebug

Thanks Beth!



Here's the inside of my card:



Beth also send  special surprise in her kit, 
a personalized stamp!
It has my name on it - how awesome is that!?!?!



Be sure to stop by all the Dueling Darling Blogs - you'll find links to both the Dazzlers and the Divas in my left side bar.

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The only thing of my own that I used when making my card was some CS - Recollections Black and White and SU So Saffron.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Blessings


I have been admiring the beautiful fall colors around us - oranges, bronze, yellows and red abound. We even have a gorgeous flaming red bush in our yard. These sights inspired me to use the Blessings stamp from The Project Bin's Eat Pie stamp set for today's card. 


This set is definitely one of my favorites:




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Stamp Set: The Project Bin Eat Pie stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Papers: Stampin' UP! Bravo Burgundy and Soft Suede CS and AMuse Studio Polka Dot, Heidi Grace (Stripe), and Paper Studio Leaves DP

Embellishments: Paper Studio Mini Brads and a Leaf Brad from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Falliday Season


The weather is crazy - one day it's in the 70's and the next it's in the teens. It switches back and forth between fall and winter at the snap of a finger. Crazy for sure. Should we call it Fall'ter (for Fall/Winter)? 

In my Play Room it's not Fall'ter season, it's Falliday season. I'm trying to do as many of the SCS Falliday challenges as possible. Today I'll show you three of them that I've completed (in addition to the two I've already shared).



Challenge #1
Thanksgiving Blues
Hostess: Lydia

Make a thanksgiving-themed card with blue as the predominant color.




Time Spent: 32 minutes





Challenge #2
Let's Face It!
Hostess: Dina

Add a face or features to a stamped image of card front.




Time Spent: 45 minutes




Challenge #7
Holidays In a Different Climate
Hostess Janine

Make a card for a climate very different to the one you are used to at Christmas.




Time Spent: 25 minutes





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Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Kind Cosmos stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections 110# White and SU Blueberry Bushel CS and DP from my scrap file

Punch: EK Success Corner Rounder

Embellishments: Michael's Ribbon and Recollections Rhinestones




Stamp Set: Gerda Steiner Winter Sport Santa stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Ballet Blue and Pumpkin Pie CS and DP from my scrap file

Die: Spellbinders Circle

Punch: SU Banner

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors




Stamp Set: Art Impressions Tropical Christmas stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Garden Green CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Heidi Grace Ribbon

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Let's Get Messy - Take 4


Today is the 12th, which means it's the day for Hot Mess Success. What is that? Each month Kelly, Barb, Terry and I get messy while making a card. That's the only requirement usually... and I messed up this month... UGH! This month, we had a sub-theme. Our cards were supposed to be Give Thanks. Sheesh! I totally messed up... but WAIT! Here are some ideas... 

I'm thankful for my daughter who lives in Alaska where they go ice fishing. 

I'm thankful that it's not cold/icy here.

I'm thankful for food to eat.

I'm thankful for warm water to clean the gel off of the stencil.

I'm thankful for friends who encourage me to step outside my comfort zone and get messy.

Do any of those ideas count? No, I thought not. So instead I'll just have to say I'm sorry to Terry (whose idea it was) and Kelly and Barb. I'm sorry! I messed up... which seems fitting for the Hot Messes, I guess.

This month's project was just a little messy, but a mess is a mess, right?

First, I taped a stencil onto a piece of 110# Blue CS and then I used a palette knife to add Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel to it. This was my first time to use that particular gel and I was quite impressed with the "weight" of it; it's definitely not too thin.



I also added some of the same gel to the torn edges of two pieces of 110# White CS using a makeup wedge.

You know where I'm going with this, right? It's a snowy scene.





Just look at the fun sparkle:



Not only is this card my Hot Mess Success creation for this month, it's also my card for one of the Falliday Challenges at SCS. Lisa's Cold As Ice Challenge requirement is to add some ice to our cards. Ice fishing it is. (BTW, I track the amount of time it takes me to make each Falliday card. This one took 52 minutes.)

Now be sure to head over to the other Hot Messes' blogs to see their messiness, too...



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Stamp Set: Sugar Pea Designs Have an Ice Day stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black, 110# Blue, and 110# White and SU Blueberry Bush CS

Stencil: Simon Says Falling Snow

Gel: Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel

Embellishments: Brads from unknown vendors